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Big Bay State Park is on Madeline Island, the Locationlargest of Lake Superior's 22 Apostle Islands. The 2,350-acre park has a 1.5-mile beach, campground with drinking water, showers and toilets, an outdoor group camp, picnic areas and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails with incredible views of Lake Superior.

Camping Hiking Picnicking Swimming Canoeing & Kayaking Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Big Bay State Park
2402 Hagen Rd.
La Pointe, WI 54850

Wisconsin State Park System Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park overlooking Lake Superior

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

Reserve campsites at Big Bay State Park.

Park information


  • The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Madeline Island Ferry boats [exit DNR] operate on regular schedules between Bayfield and La Pointe from April to December. County Highway H loops around Madeline Island from La Pointe. To get to Big Bay State Park, take Highway H counterclockwise (Middle Road) from La Pointe about four miles to Hagen Road and continue east on Hagen Road about 2 miles to the park entrance. Geographical coordinates are 46° 47' 18" N, 90° 40' 25" W.

No launching facilities are available at the park, but boats can be launched at the public landing in Bayfield or at a privately operated landing on Madeline Island. (Consult the Coast Guard at Bayfield for Lake Superior navigation information).



Last revised: Friday March 27 2015